Freud’s Chisels Any Good?
The question arises whether or not the Freud chisel sets are good or not. If they are good then why do so many people have issues with them? Why does it seem like everyone hates these things? Is there something wrong with them? Are they just plain bad? Or maybe some of us just don’t know what we’re talking about when it comes to buying a tool.
In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most of us aren’t really sure what we’re talking about when it comes to buying a tool. We may be able to tell you how much money you’ll save if you buy one, but we can’t guarantee that your tools will last longer than the lifespan of our own tools. So let me try to explain it all to you from my perspective:
I’ve been making tools since I was old enough to start working on them. When I first started, I didn’t even have a shop. My dad would take me to the hardware store every now and then when he had time off work. That’s where I learned how to make tools because it wasn’t until later that I got into building my own tools.
I’ve been using my Freud chisel set for years now, and I still haven’t had any problems with them. They’re definitely well made, and they work great. And that’s all I need from a tool! But let me ask you this: Do you know how hard it is to get a hold of a quality tool at reasonable prices? Most people don’t have the luxury of being able to shop around for their tools every time they want to replace one.
When you first start making your tools, you don’t really know what you’re doing. For me it was making a mallet. I was probably 10 or 11 years old at the time. I still remember making that tool because it didn’t turn out very well. I ended up having to go back to the hardware store to buy a brand new hammer so I could finish building my mallet.
After all, I wasn’t about to waste that piece of wood. Most of us that are serious about our work have spent years scouring the Internet, going to different stores, and talking to other workers about what tools they use and where they got them. We don’t have the luxury of just going out and buying whatever we want whenever we want it.
Of course I’m going to be a little biased when it comes to my favorite tools.
Now, I’m not saying that you’ll make a bad tool. But the question is: Do you know what your mistakes are going to be? I didn’t know what my mistakes were until years after I made my first hammer.
I’ll give you an example of one that I recently saw on the internet. This guy brags about how he built his own tools. I’ve tried so many different tools in my life, and I’ve spent a lot of time and money on tools that just don’t work well for me. Of course maybe some of the cheap tools that I buy are going to break on me, but isn’t that part of the risk when you’re trying to save a few bucks? If I’m a professional, I need professional grade tools. He made himself a mallet.
A very nice looking one at that! I could see where he put a lot of work into it, and it looked like it would work really well. So I was reading through the comments to see if anyone else had the same thoughts as I did. Sure enough, someone did. They asked him why he didn’t just buy a rubber mallet since he only needed it to drive in a few nails.
After all, I wouldn’t try to perform brain surgery on myself with a cheap tool just because it was cheaper, so why would I expect anything less from tools that I’m going to use every day?
I’d rather have one good tool that lasts me a lifetime than have 10 cheap tools that only last me a few years. It’s all about quality over quantity in the long run! He responded that it’s because he wanted a tool that he made himself and that only he would use.
This is your decision to make, and you don’t need my opinion on what you should do. I just hope that you make the right choice because this is going to be your life for the next couple years, and even longer when it comes to your future jobs.
Follow up question: Do you make your own tools? Why or why not? What materials do you prefer?
I can tell you’re a smart kid. You’ll make the right decision.
See you in another year!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Pygmalion’s Chisel: For Women Who Are “Never Good Enough” (TM Hallstead – 2013 – books.google.com)
- Systems of pathological accommodation and change in analysis. (B Brandchaft – Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2007 – psycnet.apa.org)
- Is religion good for your health? It depends (K Pargament – … Presentation to Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC, 2008 – Citeseer)